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WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

TAZ trucking announces $7.3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility, to add 57 new jobs

TAZ Trucking Inc. has announced plans for a $7.3 million investment in it’s Bowling Green facility expected to create as many as 57 new jobs. “We are ready to grow with the Bowling Green community and increase our capacity to serve our current customers and new customers,” said Tahir Zukic, TAZ Trucking president. “We know this will assist in the access to transportation in South Central...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

Google bringing economic opportunity initiative, ‘Grow With Google,’ to Erlanger, Bowling Green

Google is bringing its economic opportunity initiative, “Grow with Google,” to Kentucky in July with stops in Erlanger and Bowling Green. “Grow with Google” is hosting free, daylong workshops at libraries in Erlanger (July 17) and Bowling Green (July 19) to help local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills. The July 17 session will take...

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products plans $100 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group will expand its existing operation in Bowling Green with a nearly $100 million investment expected to create more than 50 full-time jobs. Georgia-Pacific will grow its plant’s footprint in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park by 80,000 square feet to increase production capacity for Dixie plates and bowls. Construction is already underway, and company...

Dr. Paula Grisanti: Curing today’s incurable diseases begins in the classroom — by middle school

Earlier this month, for the first time in the history of space travel, a marshmallow “astronaut” named Marvin traveled to space in an experiment designed by the National STEM Scholar Program. Marvin was launched into space May 2 in a NanoLab onboard a Blue Origin New Shephard rocket from its launch facility in West Texas. A NanoLab is about the size of a full-size Kleenex box and designed with...

Bluegrass delegation explores Bowling Green during Commerce Lexington’s annual Kentucky Regional Tour

A delegation of about 45 Central Kentucky business, education and community leaders visited Bowling Green earlier last week during the tenth annual Commerce Lexington Inc. Kentucky Regional Tour presented by UK HealthCare. Since 2009, this two-day tour enables participants to listen and learn from business leaders and elected officials in other areas of the Commonwealth, share ideas, and express their...

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

Braxton Brewing Company, Double Dogs Chow House partner to release Diddley Lager

Double Dogs Chow House of Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky brewery Braxton Brewing Company have joined forces to release Diddley Lager — an American Light Lager with a purpose. As part of this cause-related initiative, the brands will donate $20 per keg sold to local animal shelters. As well, the spent grains from the brew will be donated to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a nonprofit organization dedicated...

Alpla Inc. announces plans for $6.9 million expansion plans for Bowling Green bottle manufacturing facility

Alpla Inc., a plastic bottle and packaging manufacturer, has announces plans to expand its Bowling Green facility with a $6.9 million project expected to create 24 full-time jobs. The 100,000-square-foot expansion will provide Alpla’s Bowling Green facility with additional warehousing. When complete in 2019, the additional space will help Alpla more quickly and efficiently meet customer demand for...

Afni Inc. plans expansion of Warren County call center; will hire 86 new employees

Customer engagement company Afni Inc. plans to create 86 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $316,000 in its Bowling Green call center to support new retail clients. Afni’s Scottsville Road facility’s will undergo its’ second expansion since opening in 2000. The facility will be modified and have new equipment installed. The newly-hired customer service representatives will support a...

Stryker Logistics announces plans for new international headquarters in Bowling Green

 Stryker Logistics LLC has announced plans to open a new international headquarters in Bowling Green, a $1.5 million project creating 50 full-time jobs. The headquarters will locate in the 25,000-square-foot former Western Kentucky Plastics facility on Dishman Lane in Bowling Green. The location will include a warehouse and distribution center, as well as a headquarters office. Stryker’s expansion...

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Ky. companies recognized for workplace safety at 34th annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

The largest annual gathering of workplace safety professionals from companies all across Kentucky gathered in Bowling Green for the 34th Governor’s Annual Safety and Health Conference. Representatives from 45 companies who earned the prestigious Governor’s Safety and Health Award during the last year were in attendance to help celebrate Kentucky’s all-time low Injury and Illness Rate. “Our...

Champions again — WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting wins Hearst multimedia competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the seventh consecutive year. With WKU students finishing second and eighth in the Multimedia IV/Team Reporting-News competition and fourth and fifth in the Multimedia III/Enterprise competition, WKU won the 2017-18 championship with the...